Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 11/15/2021

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of November 14th, 2021

Great evening fantastic families,

We are in week 5 of the current term and just 1 week away from Thanksgiving break. Each thanksgiving I take a moment to reflect on all the GREAT things I have in my life, and I must admit that being the Principal of Kealing Middle School has truly been a reason to give thanks. It has been a joy watching our scholars grow from week to week as they settle back into In- Person learning and seeing the way teachers have bounced back and are utilizing the tools acquired during last year’s pandemic has been equally as rewarding. I also appreciate the messages and support we have received from parents throughout this process. You all have given us great ideas and came on campus to assist with challenges we have had. Our newest challenge has been acquiring substitute teachers when our amazing teachers need to take personal/sick days, so if there are any parents who are able to serve as AISD substitutes please pick up jobs at Kealing. This past week we had a great Kealing showcase where for the first time we showcased both of our amazing programs and we had a great turnout. This upcoming week we look forward to more Hornet basketball and soccer. We also have a title I parent compact meeting Tuesday afternoon, COVID Vaccine Clinic Wednesday afternoon, PTA meeting Thursday morning, and a CAC meeting Thursday afternoon. Thank you for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD as your child’s primary educator. #BEGREATmentality


Please visit our new school website

Here is the link if you need it: https://kealing.austinschools.org/ Most information has been transferred over. We are slowly moving all items over.

Interested in joining the KMS campus LPAC Committee

WHAT IS A LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (LPAC)? WHAT IS ITS ROLE? Each school district that is required to offer a bilingual education and special language program shall establish a language proficiency assessment committee.

2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals

Instructional Initiatives

1.) Daily Formative Assessment

2.) Literacy in Every Classroom

3.) Standards Aligned Instruction

4.) Progress Monitoring

Academic Goal

Utilizing an array of assessments (MAP- Measure of Academic Progress, SCA - AISD Short Course Assessment, and STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), the percentage of each demographic/special group of students performing at the meets level in Math & English will increase by at least 5% - 10% from August 17th, 2021 to May 27th,2022.

Social Goal

- TBA (we are still working on this but planning to look at the types of counseling visits our students are requesting)

KMS Safety Protocols as of 11/14/2021

All Day

Mask wearing is mandatory

Before School

All staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to self screen for COVID 19 symptoms before entering into a campus or other Austin ISD Facilities each day


- We will maintain outdoor markers to social distance


- we will encourage moving halls where students are encourage to not stop while transitioning to classes


- We are space seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible

- Each classroom will have a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration unit

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

- Plexiglass dividers available

- Additional outdoor seating

-Volunteer lunch monitors

Breakfast & Lunch

- Assigned seating

- Students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard

- Plexiglass accordian dividers.


- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.

High School Credit Class Semester Exams/Semester Exams Bell Schedule

Our Kealing Hornets who are enrolled in a high school credit class (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, World Languages, and CTE courses) will participate in semester exams the week of December 6-10. This week, the entire campus will operate on Semester Exams Bell Schedule. You can find the schedule by clicking the button below.

It is important that our Hornets participating in high school credit classes, perform well on their semester exams, as they will count towards a percentage of their semester grades. To help prepare, please have your student attend teachers' Office Hours. Reach out to you student's teachers or Program Directors if you have any questions.

This past week (week of 11/8/2021)

Kealing Showcase!

Austin ISD Middle School Fair

Upcoming Dates

Monday - November 15 A DAY

Alice in Wonderland Evening Show @ 6p (Kealing Theater)

Tuesday -Novemeber 16- B Day

WALKING GROUP- ALL are WECLCOMED @ the track 7:30am

Title One Compact Parent Meeting (Virtual)- Zoom Link to posted Tuesday morning

Wednesday - November 17- A Day

Kealing Covid Clinic 4pm-8pm

Thursday - November 18 B Day -

Walking Group 7:30am on the TRACK

Friday - November 12 A Day

Distribution of THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES to those families that signed up or were selected and notified.

Saturday- November 20


Time to clean out your coat closet! National Junior Honor Society is hosting a School-Wide Winter Wear Drive from November 1st through December 3rd. If possible, please donate new or gently used coats, scarves, hats, jackets, or any other winter-wear. Socks are also identified as high need, but will need to be new and in original packaging to be accepted. Items can be any size- from toddlers to adults!

Donated items will first go to Kealing Community Members/Families, while the rest will be donated to SAFE Austin and the ARC. You can drop off your items in Ms. Chambers' room (116) at the beginning of the school day (no earlier than 7:20) or during advisory.


Traditionally LASA Showcase is an in-person event where families of prospective students can walk through the campus meeting current faculty and students and getting their questions answered. Because LASA is still under construction and because they want to still be mindful of people’s health and safety during the pandemic, it will be held virtually this year. Showcase will run Wednesday, November 17th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. The schedule of events will be posted tomorrow on the LASA website. Along with the chance to talk with staff and students, there will also be application information sessions in both English and Spanish.


Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 6:30pm

1715 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX

8th Grade Students and Parents:


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

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Ms. Perez is in need of assistance filling Thanksgiving boxes for 11/19/21 distrubition. Volunteers are needed THURSDAY, 11/18 from 11:00- 2:45pm in room 109-A. Please bring a jacket, it is very cold in my room. Email Ms. Perez @ adrianna.perez@austinisd.org. My direct line is 512-414-6700

UT Research Study on Parental Perspectives

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a research study about parental and family attitudes on topics in education. Parents and guardians are requested to complete the 8-minute online survey by December 10, 2021. Participation is completely voluntary, and all answers will be anonymous. If you are interested in participating, please click on the link for the survey and additional information: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WCiUjAuVOeVZoW

Research results will be shared during the 2022-23 school year. If you have any questions, please contact heather.vaughn@austin.utexas.edu.

Thank you for your participation.

HEATHER VAUGHN, Ed.S., Sr. Educational Outreach Coordinator, Lecturer

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Moody College of Communication | The University of Texas at Austin

Estudio de investigación de UT sobre las perspectivas de los padres

El Instituto Annette Strauss para la Vida Cívica de la Universidad de Texas en Austin está llevando a cabo un estudio de investigación sobre las actitudes de los padres y la familia sobre temas de educación. Se solicita a los padres y tutores que completen la encuesta en línea de 8 minutos antes del 10 de diciembre de 2021. La participación es completamente voluntaria y todas las respuestas serán anónimas. Si está interesado en participar, haga clic en el enlace de la encuesta e información adicional: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WCiUjAuVOeVZoW

Los resultados de la investigación se compartirán durante el año escolar 2022-23. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con heather.vaughn@austin.utexas.edu.

Gracias por su participación.

HEATHER VAUGHN, Ed.S., Sr. Educational Outreach Coordinator, Lecturer

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Moody College of Communication | The University of Texas at Austin

From the Carver Museum: Start Bigmedium’s EAST Weekend 2 with an early evening featuring Women and Femme Artists of Color

We will be celebrating the opening reception of our group show, Pieces and Parts, and experiencing musical performances by the electrically aligned Ivy Roots, and ATX's most ‘Ballsy’ Mama Duke!

Every year Carver Museum invites three artists of Color on the rise to participate in a group show during the Studio Tours. ' Pieces and Parts' features Textile artist Siena Smith, experimental animator Julia Zipporah, and concept artist Alexis Hunter.

Register Here


Dear Hornet Nation,

Friday, November 19, 2021 will be my last day as the Parent Support Specialist at Kealing. I have taken a job with the City Of Austin Youth Advisory Commission. I am very grateful for my time at The Hive. The PTA, the staff and the students have been an amazing group of folks that made my time at Kealing memorable. The Parent Engagement Office is working with Mr. Wilson to find someone to continue the community connections that have been established my myself and Dee Gonzales before me. Thank you ALL! Happy Holidays, everyone.

Long Live the Hive,

Dianna Perez

Hello, Children & Nature Team!

Fall migration season is in full swing - a great time to get out to the parks with binoculars in tow. This week we have a collection of community updates including summits and fellowship opportunities along with some community events and exciting award announcements.


  • EngineerGirl Ambassador Program - applications are now open for the 2022-2023 EngineerGirl Ambassadors Program! An EngineerGirl Ambassador is a female, U.S. high school student who designs, develops, and implements a project in her local community that will encourage younger girls - particularly those with little access to engineering role models - to think about engineering and engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. Ambassadors will receive training and support from the National Academy of Engineering, $250 in project funding, an all-expense paid trip to a training and networking event, and more. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.
  • NGCP Fellows Program - the National Girls Collaborative Project is offering a remote-based, nine-month professional development program open to early career professionals, and graduate students interested in gender equity and informal STEM education. Fellows will contribute to NGCP’s ongoing STEM and equity projects and will have diverse opportunities to learn and collaborate with the NGCP national network. Fellows will also participate in advanced training on gender equity and cultural responsiveness and receive ongoing mentorship and support. Application deadline is November 23, 2021.


  • Hot Science at Home: Space Environmentalism - the Environmental Science Institute's next Hot Science At Home event will feature Dr. Moriba Jah on Nov 12th at 7:00pm. The talk will be streamed through YouTube and Facebook and will focus on what we can do to make space safe, secure and sustainable in the long term.
  • Odditree + Austin Studio Biking Tour - Odditree Society and Ghisallo Cycling Initiative are hosting a bike ride on Nov 14 from 2-4:00pm to connect with trees and art in Austin. Meet at 654 Tillery St, under the 7th Street overpass near the Tree Garden. All ages and abilities welcome! Skill level: Beginner.


  • Net-Zero Hero: Sheridan Ray - our own Youth Leadership Working Group Tri-Chair Sheridan Ray was featured this month as the Office of Sustainability's Net-Zero Hero. From interning with the Youth Forest Council to advising on the Climate Equity Plan, Sheridan has had a large impact on Austin's conservation community in her 19 years. Thank you, Sheridan, for being a champion of equity and sustainability in Austin!

That's all for now - keep an eye to the sky for our traveling monarch friends!

Julia Hill (she/her)

Program Coordinator – Cities Connecting Children to Nature

City of Austin | Parks & Recreation Department | Park Planning Division

+1 512-974-9466 | julia.hill@austintexas.gov


Amazon Wish List

Thank you, community, for your ongoing support via the Amazon Wishlist. Students are using the supplies for organization, collaboration, and creativity! Teachers continue to update the list as needs arise. "Thank you, community, for your ongoing support via the Amazon Wishlist. Students are using the supplies for organization, collaboration, and creativity! Teachers continue to update the list as needs arise. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/B7BQHNMLAOP/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist



Operation Blue Santa 2021 Applications

Applications are on-line only and will start on October 11, 2021 and end on November 24, 2021.

Due to Covid-19 all applications will be online only.